A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show makes light of Dan's obsessive quest for revenge against those responsible for small offenses like scratching his car, and some of the stories have violent ends that result in the implied deaths of those responsible, as well as innocent bystanders. Violence and destruction are seen as a reasonable means to an end for minor offenses. Potty humor includes references to peeing.
Positive Role Models
Dan is hotheaded, vengeful, and viciously unkind to those around him, and he bullies everyone he meets, including his mild-mannered best friend. Despite bearing the brunt of Dan's rants, Chris continues to lend a hand in his friend's illogical plans and often gets hurt (either physically or emotionally, intentionally or accidentally) in the course of action. Chris' wife, Elise, is level-headed and sees how Dan takes advantage of her husband, but even she's usually willing to go along with his plan.
Violence & Scariness
Fistfights, car accidents, mock strangulation, and weaponry (guns, swords, etc.) are common, and sometimes people are shown injured. It's often implied that people are killed as a result of Dan's rampages, but there's no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters are shown in tight, revealing clothing and playing up their sex appeal for attention or to get something they want.
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No cursing, but there's a constant stream of other marginal language from Dan, including "jerk," "stupid," "heck," and "shut up." He's also prone to calling people names and making verbal threats.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon isn't intended for kids or tweens, and its unsavory messages about bullying and violence are good reason to keep teens away as well. The show's plot glorifies a bitter character's quest for revenge against the people he thinks have wronged him, and his thirst for "justice" often prompts a violence including guns, fistfights, and the like. Death is implied rather than shown, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing when the victims include innocent bystanders of Dan's unreasonable rants. Language is limited to marginal cursing like "heck" and name-calling like "stupid" and "jerk," but the sheer abundance of it is iffy enough to give parents yet another cause for concern.
Is It Any Good?
Let's get this straight: This is not a cartoon for kids or tweens, and teens mature enough to not be influenced by its horrendous messages probably won't be interested in it to begin with. Were Dan a real person, there would be ample reason to question his sanity, since his bitter, antisocial behavior borders on clinical paranoia and causes him to justify violence as a means for dealing with it.
The fact that Dan resorts to punching, strangling, and verbal threats to deal with people who bother him -- all of which is played for humor throughout the show -- should be enough reason for parents to nix it as an option for impressionable teens. Dan's relationship with his best friend is perhaps the most disturbing part of all, since he subjects Chris to harsh physical, verbal, and emotional bullying. While there's no outright cursing or sex, innuendo, verbal threats, and name-calling reach a fevered pitch, giving you plenty of reasons to keep your kids away.
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